(ABOVE PHOTO) Lava creeps along on private property in Pahoa, courtesy Hawaii County
- The lava flow front is creeping forward at an average rate of less than 5 yards per hour. The flow has traveled 90 yards since 8:30 a.m. yesterday morning and is currently 160 yards or 480 feet from Pāhoa Village Road. Residents in the flow path have been placed on an evacuation advisory and were notified of possible need for evacuation.
- 80 Hawaii National Guardsmen will deploy this morning to help police maintain security in the Puna area.
- Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was on the ground and in the air with Mayor Billy Kenoi on Wednesday, inspecting the progress of the flow, assessing the damage it has caused so far, and offering her support to area residents and business owners. She also met with Hawaii National Guard troops to thank them for volunteering. (photos below)
The flow continues to remain active and has advanced approximately 90 yards since 8:30 yesterday morning and is currently approximately 160 yards or approximately 480 feet from Pāhoa Village Road. The flow front is currently moving in a northeast direction and remains on a private residential property. The flow advancement has been averaging approximately less than 5 yards per hour.
Smoke conditions continue to be moderate with moderate trade winds from the northeast pushing the smoke in a south southwest direction. Presently burning activity is involving a variety of materials and smoke conditions may increase in some areas. Residents down wind that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors. Additional health advisories may be issued depending upon materials involved with any fires associated with the lava flow.
Based on the current flow location, direction and advancement, residents in the flow path were placed on an evacuation advisory and notified of possible need for evacuation. The evacuation advisory for those residents down slope of the flow will continue and residents will be kept informed of the flow status and advancement.
The Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road will remain closed and limited to area residents only. Motorist should use caution and slow down on Highway 130 near the Post Office Road intersection. Residents of the restricted area should not bring unauthorized persons into the restricted area. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity. Additional updates will be broadcasted as conditions change.Hawaii County Civil Defense on Oct. 30 at 8 a.m. HST
Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and within its East Rift Zone. Gas emissions have remained elevated. The June 27th lava flow in the East Rift Zone continues to advance, at variable rates, to the northeast through a residential area between Apaʻa St/Cemetery Rd and Pāhoa Village Road. As of 5:30 am this morning, the leading edge of the flow had advanced a distance of roughly 100 m (~110 yards) through the past 24 hours, with the flow remaining roughly 150 m (~167 yards) from Pahoa Village Road. Behind the flow front, there continue to be active breakouts widening the area of lava flow coverage.
June 27th Lava Flow Observations: HVO scientists monitored the leading portions of the June 27th flow on the ground throughout the day and night. In addition, an HVO team observed the flow field via helicopter. The most rapidly advancing lobe of the flow continues to advance northeast towards Pāhoa Village Road, through the first residential parcel it entered.
Two active breakouts were noted on the west side of the flow just upslope from Apa`a St. The first originated from the margin about 150 m (~167 yards) upslope of Apa`a St., and had advanced about 100 m (~110 yards). This breakout looks like it is headed for the ranch house (the one with the “not our cattle” sign). The front of this breakout was about 50 m (~55 yards) from Apa`a, and may threaten a second utility pole. The second breakout was 350 m (~385 yards) upslope of Apa`a St. and only extended out from the margin about 50 m (~55 yards).
The lava flow lobe on the Kalapana side was about 60 m (~66 yards) upslope from Cemetery Road but was only weakly active based on FLIR views (small breakouts on interior of the lobe, margins inactive).
Several small breakouts from the tube were noted, in areas several kilometers above the flow front where there have not been active breakouts in several weeks.
Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: Small changes in ground tilt were recorded at Puʻu ʻŌʻō during the past day. Seismic tremor remained steady. Glow was visible overnight above several outgassing openings in the crater floor, but there were no significant changes in activity within the crater. The most recent sulfur-dioxide emission-rate measurement for the East Rift Zone was 340 tonnes per day (from all sources) on October 23, 2014.
Summit Observations: The Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake level fluctuated during the course of the past day, with one notable but small burst at the base of the wall opposite the webcam that temporarily affected the entire lake surface. The depth to the surface of the lake was measured as about 60 m from the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu crater, and there was no significant net change through the day. At mid-day, October 29, summit tiltmeters registered the onset of a deflationary trend plausibly heralding the onset of another deflationary-inflationary (DI) event. This deflation continues and apparently associated deflation has registered on the Puʻu ʻŌʻō instruments. The GPS receivers in the summit area have recorded slight contraction across the caldera since early July. The most recent sulfur-dioxide emission rate measurements for the summit were 2,700–3,600 tonnes/day (see caveat below) for the week ending October 21, 2014. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 30 at 9:35 a.m. HST